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Roseville woman shot, killed in shopping center parking lot

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published March 13, 2020

 Footage obtained by police showed a suspect described only as a man, believed to be black with light skin, wearing all dark clothing, approaching and leaving the scene on foot. Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect involved can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.

Footage obtained by police showed a suspect described only as a man, believed to be black with light skin, wearing all dark clothing, approaching and leaving the scene on foot. Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect involved can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.

Photo provided by the Warren Police Department

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WARREN/ROSEVILLE — An investigation is underway after a woman was gunned down in her vehicle early March 9 while she waited to pick her daughter up from work at the Hoover 11 shopping center.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the victim, 44-year-old Jennifer Lynne Wentz, of Roseville, was shot once in the back while she sat in her car outside of the rue21 clothing store, where her daughter was working. Investigators believe the suspect approached on foot and fired one shot through an open left rear window of the vehicle at about 2 a.m.

“This was a senseless, brutal murder of a victim that was at that location only to pick up her daughter who had been working at the store,” Dwyer said.

The victim was apparently able to put the car in gear after she was shot, and it traveled about 100 yards across the plaza parking lot before crashing near a cart corral. Wentz reportedly had sent a text message to her daughter to let her know she was there, and her daughter reportedly found her slumped over in the crashed vehicle when she emerged from the store.  

A large section of the lot on Hoover Road, south of 11 Mile Road, was blocked off for more than six hours after the shooting while the Warren Police Department continued the crime scene investigation. At 9 a.m. March 9, the vehicle was still behind police tape on the grass near the east side of the parking lot, close to Hoover, where it apparently came to rest.

Dwyer said detectives canvassed local businesses in search of surveillance video. At press time, he said some evidence was recovered at the scene, but he didn’t elaborate. The Warren Police Department shared several images and video from a surveillance camera showing a person of interest in the investigation.  

Footage obtained by police showed a suspect described only as a man, believed to be black with light skin, wearing all dark clothing, approaching and leaving the scene on foot.

Dwyer said the doors of the vehicle were locked when police arrived, and it did not appear that anything had been taken.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspect. At press time, Dwyer said a reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction would be announced soon.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect involved can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.

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